Year-End Recap | 2019 Preview

CHALLENGE & CHANGE

As a co-sponsor of multiple developments in Uptown (16 properties), the Voice of the People in Uptown has been challenged this year like many owners — to manage affordable housing well, given increased taxes and costs, while enabling tenant services and preparing for more improvements.

On the heals of important meetings with community leaders this October, Voice kicked off the first of several events for the organization’s 50th Anniversary, holding a Reception & Strategic Planning Session with tenant leaders. Voice has asked tenants and friends to give what they can, ideally $50 or more, to demonstrate their support for the organization’s anniversary and mission.

You can donate too

And if you want, support the programs, projects or perks you prefer

2018 has also seen staff and board changes, with Maurice Hamp assuming the President’s position. Michael Rohrbeck took the helm as Executive Director in August 2018 and LeTasha Francellno-Glenn recently joined the property management team. Outgoing and retiring staff played instrumental roles in the transition, including Debra Claybron (15 years as Executive Director), Cheryse Eberhardt and Earsene McClain (retiring this December).

Voice of the People in Uptown ends the calendar year with gratitude toward all, and in particular to our development and management partners, the Chicago Community Development Corporation and Leasing & Management, Inc. The organization looks forward to a new year with a refresh of the Tenant Leadership Committee, a start of a new Community Advisory Committee, and the beginning of substantive relationships with local organizations and institutions dedicated to area owners and residents of leased homes.

Peace, Best Wishes & Happy New Year

 

Fall News

Voice of the People in Uptown — News & Notes

  • This Halloween, our offices at 4861 N. Kenmore becomes a spooky but welcoming place.  It will be a bit of a coming out party for resident leaders and staff to meet neighbors, including block club activists sponsoring safe trick or treating.  In addition to tricks and treats, we’ll be showing scary videos and raising cups of hot cider and cocoa with cool visitors to our stately, yet bloody, front porch.
  • Middle School Parents, spread the word about workshop November 7th, 7 pm at Uplift High School.  It’s your chance to learn more about CPS high school application process, resources and navigating the maze of options among neighborhood schools, some with academic and arts programs, as well as magnet, charter, and selective enrollment high school options.   The need expressed by our tenants has helped to make this opportunity possible. See flyer below.
  • A start of a process of renovation begins in November at five Voice properties, where energy conservation is first priority in advance of winter.  Residents, watch for notice of details on improvements, annual inspections and events.

From the Executive Director


Dear Voice Residents

My name is Michael Rohrbeck, the new Executive Director of Voice of the People in Uptown, a community development corporation that symbolizes and reminds us of a proud history of enabling development and improvements that primarily benefit lower income and working class people – people like you who live in a building owned by Voice or its partners.

Voice has 226 units in 16 buildings. But buildings and apartments, bricks and mortar, do not convey who we are. The residents of our leased homes are who we are. Community and city-wide allies, donors, and supporters that want a vibrant, mixed-income Uptown, also are who we are. We will be asking for your images and words in the coming weeks so that we can better represent the Voice of the People in Uptown. It is my hope that Voice Residents will also begin to engage with organizations across our community and increase the capacity of those groups to improve the quality of life in Uptown.

It’s our 50th year! We will be focused during this time on stabilizing the organization and strategic planning for the next 50 years. We anticipate having programs that will represent the next generation of community development in Chicago. We expect to demonstrate how we can, with cost-efficiency and market effectiveness, expand housing, service and economic opportunities.

Soon I will be asking board members and outside supporters of Voice to donate $50.00, or $50.00 a month, to back our efforts. Residents could do the same or donate any lesser amount — perhaps $1.00 for every year of affordable housing. Your donations, and your volunteer time, will help us show the community, and the corporate and foundation world, that we are all in for a better future.

Uptown needs a new Voice for a great, mixed-income community.

Almost 40 years ago, I came to Chicago as a volunteer, working in the W. Garfield Park and Austin communities, first as a volunteer for a church-based housing organization, later as a staffer supporting tenant services and housing cooperative organizing; overseeing acquisition, development and property management of affordable housing; and, coordinating efforts intended to assist owners who wanted to stay and responsibly reinvest in their homes.
I was an Executive Director, a President of the Chicago Rehab Network, an At-Home Dad of three kids, a Block Club President; a co-founder with others of a Cooperative Preschool, a university fellow assisting non-profit organizations, and a manager in a private sector consulting and law firm.
I do not have a magic wand, nor do I claim to be an expert at any one thing. But I am committed with our board to helping Voice to:
  • demonstrate and model how good property management can happen;
  • enable resident access to the best services and economic opportunities our great community has to offer; and,
  • support other owners and developers of mixed-income and affordable housing – so that they may prosper, while reserving a portion of Uptown’s housing for people of modest means.

 

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2017 Playstreets Event #2

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2017 PlayStreets Event #1

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